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James takes over as Cavaliers win 11th straight

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers' winning streak was in unexpected jeopardy Saturday night before LeBron James took over.

James scored 34 points, including seven in the final 1:22, and Cleveland beat the Memphis Grizzlies 116-111 for their 11th straight victory.

The loss was the 11th straight for Memphis, including three since David Fizdale was fired Monday and replaced by interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff, but the Grizzlies nearly ended their streak in shocking fashion.

Memphis trailed 91-72 late in the third quarter, but rallied all the way to a tie at 109 on Dillon Brooks' 3-pointer with 2:10 remaining.

That's when James stepped up, to the surprise of no one in the building, particularly Dwyane Wade, his long-time friend and teammate.

''You just shake your head,'' Wade said. ''It's impressive, man. When you're on a team and you have a guy when the game gets close and you can get him the ball and he comes through, maybe not all the time but it seems like every time ... we know he's going to make the right play.''

James' basket in the lane gave Cleveland the lead. After Tyreke Evans missed a 3-pointer, James drove the lane, scored and converted the three-point play after being fouled by Brooks with 34 seconds left.

Brooks made two free throws, but James dribbled for several seconds on Cleveland's next possession and hit a jumper from the top of the key for a five-point lead with 5 seconds to go.

''When it's winning time in the fourth quarter, my teammates want me to step up and do what I do best,'' said James, who scored or assisted on Cleveland's last 17 points.

''That effort tonight would have beaten 90 percent of this league on their home court,'' Bickerstaff said. ''Unfortunately, they've got a guy who is pretty damn good.''

Evans had 31 points and 12 assists for Memphis. Marc Gasol scored 27 and passed 10,000 career points despite being listed as questionable after injuring his left foot in Friday's loss to San Antonio.

Cleveland has scored at least 100 points in each game during its streak and is closing in on its longest winning streak since it ripped off 12 straight in 2015.

James scored 11 points in the final six minutes of the second quarter, including a pair of three-point plays and a jumper from the corner at the buzzer, helping Cleveland to a 66-52 halftime lead.

James, the reigning NBA Player of the Month, also had 12 assists. He has shot 50 percent or better from the floor in each of his last 10 games.

Kevin Love added 20 points and 11 rebounds for Cleveland. He went to the floor after banging knees with JaMychal Green in the third quarter, but remained in the game.

Memphis point guard Mike Conley missed his ninth straight game because of a sore left Achilles.

CAVS, ROSE TALKING

Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said the team's communication with point guard Derrick Rose has been positive. Rose is away from the team because of a personal matter. He also has been sidelined by a sprained left ankle. The team is expected to provide another update Sunday.

GOOD DECISION

Gasol wasn't cleared to go until arriving at the arena, but played a game-high 41 minutes. He underwent an MRI Saturday that revealed no structural damage. ''The medical staff was a little worried, but when it's only pain, I'm going to play,'' Gasol said. ''We were able to manage it.''

TIP-INS

Grizzlies: Gasol has 10,007 career points. ... Memphis hit seven of its first nine shots and took a 16-9 lead, forcing the Cavaliers to call a timeout four minutes into the game. Cleveland called another timeout at the 4:24 mark with Memphis leading 24-13. ... Memphis didn't get to the line until Evans was fouled shooting a 3-pointer at the 6:50 mark of the second quarter.

Cavaliers: J.R. Smith scored 17 points, and Wade had 16. ... Love was the only starter to get a rebound in the first half when he had seven. ... F Channing Frye went to the locker room in the fourth quarter with a dislocated right finger, but doesn't think the injury is serious.

UP NEXT

Grizzlies: Host Minnesota on Monday night. Memphis has lost eight straight at FedEx Forum.

Cavaliers: At Chicago on Monday night. Cleveland beat the Bulls 119-112 on Oct. 24 in Cleveland.

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Key Players
M. Gasol
33 C
L. James
23 F
37.0 Min. Per Game 37.0
28.0 Pts. Per Game 28.0
8.5 Ast. Per Game 8.5
8.1 Reb. Per Game 8.1
42.1 Field Goal % 58.4
41.2 Three Point % 58.0
83.3 Free Throw % 77.3
  Team rebound 0:01
  Marc Gasol missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:03
+ 2 LeBron James made jump shot 0:05
+ 1 Dillon Brooks made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:28
+ 1 Dillon Brooks made 1st of 2 free throws 0:28
  Shooting foul on Dwyane Wade 0:28
+ 1 LeBron James made free throw 0:34
  Shooting foul on Dillon Brooks 0:34
+ 2 LeBron James made driving layup 0:34
  Defensive rebound by Kevin Love 0:55
  Tyreke Evans missed jump shot 0:58
Team Stats
Points 111 116
Field Goals 43-84 (51.2%) 42-75 (56.0%)
3-Pointers 13-23 (56.5%) 11-24 (45.8%)
Free Throws 12-14 (85.7%) 21-23 (91.3%)
Total Rebounds 43 35
Offensive 6 1
Defensive 30 30
Team 7 4
Assists 31 24
Steals 6 8
Blocks 4 7
Turnovers 12 10
Fouls 19 14
Technicals 0 0
31 PTS, 7 REB, 12 AST
34 PTS, 2 REB, 12 AST
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away team logo Grizzlies 7-15 32203029111
home team logo Cavaliers 16-7 28382723116
Team Stats
away team logo Grizzlies 7-15 103.5 PPG 39.7 RPG 23.5 APG
home team logo Cavaliers 16-7 103.5 PPG 43.7 RPG 19.3 APG
Key Players
T. Evans G PPG RPG APG FG%
L. James F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
T. Evans G 31 PTS 7 REB 12 AST
L. James F 34 PTS 2 REB 12 AST
51.2 FG% 56.0
56.5 3PT FG% 45.8
85.7 FT% 91.3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Evans 39 31 7 12 1 0 1 1 10/20 5/7 6/6 1 6 62 -5
M. Gasol 40 27 6 4 3 2 3 2 12/23 1/4 2/3 0 6 43 +8
J. Green 31 16 7 2 0 1 2 1 7/13 2/3 0/0 3 4 26 -14
D. Brooks 27 9 5 2 0 0 3 3 3/4 1/1 2/2 0 5 15 -3
B. McLemore 25 5 2 5 0 0 1 4 2/4 1/2 0/0 0 2 16 -10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Evans 39 31 7 12 1 0 1 1 10/20 5/7 6/6 1 6 62 -5
M. Gasol 40 27 6 4 3 2 3 2 12/23 1/4 2/3 0 6 43 +8
J. Green 31 16 7 2 0 1 2 1 7/13 2/3 0/0 3 4 26 -14
D. Brooks 27 9 5 2 0 0 3 3 3/4 1/1 2/2 0 5 15 -3
B. McLemore 25 5 2 5 0 0 1 4 2/4 1/2 0/0 0 2 16 -10
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Harrison 18 12 1 2 2 0 0 0 4/6 2/2 2/3 0 1 19 +14
J. Martin 20 7 4 1 0 0 1 4 3/6 1/2 0/0 0 4 12 -4
M. Chalmers 15 4 2 2 0 1 0 3 2/7 0/2 0/0 0 2 11 -9
J. Ennis III 20 0 2 1 0 0 1 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 2 0 3 -2
M. Conley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Wright - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Parsons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
V. Hunter - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Rabb - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Selden Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Simmons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 111 36 31 6 4 12 19 43/84 13/23 12/14 6 30 207 -25
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. James 39 34 2 12 0 1 5 1 13/22 0/3 8/8 0 2 56 -5
K. Love 30 20 11 2 0 0 1 2 7/12 3/4 3/3 0 11 34 +1
J. Smith 33 17 5 2 3 0 2 1 6/8 4/5 1/2 0 5 27 +8
J. Crowder 22 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 1/4 1/4 2/2 0 0 6 -1
J. Calderon 13 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 2 -13
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. James 39 34 2 12 0 1 5 1 13/22 0/3 8/8 0 2 56 -5
K. Love 30 20 11 2 0 0 1 2 7/12 3/4 3/3 0 11 34 +1
J. Smith 33 17 5 2 3 0 2 1 6/8 4/5 1/2 0 5 27 +8
J. Crowder 22 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 1/4 1/4 2/2 0 0 6 -1
J. Calderon 13 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 2 -13
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Wade 24 16 2 4 1 2 2 2 6/9 0/0 4/5 0 2 27 +10
J. Green 24 9 4 1 3 0 0 1 3/6 0/0 3/3 1 3 18 +3
K. Korver 32 9 2 2 0 4 0 1 3/7 3/6 0/0 0 2 19 +16
C. Frye 13 6 4 0 0 0 0 4 3/5 0/1 0/0 0 4 10 +1
C. Osman 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 +5
J. Holland - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Thompson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Rose - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Shumpert - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Thomas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Perrantes - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Zizic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 116 31 24 8 7 10 14 42/75 11/24 21/23 1 30 200 +25